Intro to Psychopathology

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Intro to Psychopathology

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Abstract
Psychopathology and abnormal behaviors encompass numerous contributing elements that vary by internal or external factors. To fully understand abnormal psychology, therapists must consider the origin of abnormal psychology. They must also take into consideration the biological, psychological, and sociocultural influences that affect an individual’s mental state. This paper will be exploring such elements with a focus on the origin of abnormal psychology, the evolution of psychopathology, and the viewpoints and interpretations of the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural models of abnormal psychology. In addition, this paper will examine the advancements of treatments and technology in relation to psychopathology.

Introduction to Psychopathology
Psychopathology and abnormal behaviors encompass numerous contributing elements that vary by internal or external factors. To fully understand abnormal psychology, therapists must consider the origin of abnormal psychology. They must also take into consideration the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural influences that affect an individual’s mental state. This paper will be exploring such elements with a focus on the origin of abnormal psychology, the evolution of psychopathology, and the viewpoints and interpretations of the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural models of abnormal psychology. In addition, this paper will examine the advancements of treatments and technology in relation to psychopathology. Defining the term “abnormal” is not an easy task. This is largely because researchers and theorists have not been able to come up with a definitive answer of what “normal” behaviors consist of. However, researchers define abnormal psychology as “a branch of psychology that is concerned with behaviors and personality disorders, including their origins and treatments” (Abnormal psychology, para. 1). The term “abnormal” psychology is a controversial term in the field of science. Therefore,...
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